On September 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies advanced in Bughayliyah area northeast of Deir Ezzor city and captured the Rouad (Rawad) mount and reached Jazeera university, according to pro-government sources.
Furthermore, the SAA advanced in Marba’iyah area southwest of Deir Ezzor city and captured the 1082 air defense base and “the first station” in al-Marba’iyah area.
Meanwhile, the SAA deployed more units and equipment from the 4th Armoured Division to Deir Ezzor city. The newly deployed units is likely a part of the SAA preparation for the upcoming operation to capture the ISIS-held areas inside Deir Ezzor city.
In a related development, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria announced that ISIS released one of its fighters “Ahmad Matuq” who was captured by ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside.
Pro-government sources claimed that in return the stranded ISIS convoy reached al-Mayadin city throw government-held areas in Deir Ezzor city.
The convoy carried out 300 ISIS fighters and 300 civilians (families of the ISIS members) that Hezbollah allowed to withdraw from the Western Qalamoun region towards al-Bukamal town near the Iraqi border, previously.
The US-led collation that had blocked the convoy road since August 29 didn’t yet comment on these claims.
If these claims are confirmed this will mean that the US-led coalition agreed with the Syrian government and Hezbollah (likely via a communication channel with Russia) to allow the stranded ISIS fighters to withdrew towards al-Mayadin city instead of al-Bukalam.